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These goal setting tips for getting pregnant can help infertile couples conceive a baby. These fertility tips work best if you’re organized and thoughtful, and can help you clarify why you want to have a baby and set specific ways to achieve your goal of pregnancy.

Before the tips, a quip:

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes.

If you know where you want to be (pregnant!), then you don’t just need to set your direction…you need to make sure that you’re on the right course. Here, life coach Laura Berman Fortgang shares her goal setting tips for getting pregnant. To learn more from her, read her book Take Yourself to the Top.

And, here are goals for getting pregnant…

6 Goal Setting Tips for Getting Pregnant – Infertile Couples

1. Make sure you really want to get pregnant. If you’re motivated by external pressures to start a family, or doing the “right” thing because your mom had three kids by the time she was 25, then you’ll wind up miserable…with a baby or two to boot! “What really counts is what you want,” says Fortgang. “Figure out if it inspires you from the inside and then devote yourself to it.”





2. Make getting pregnant a priority. If you’re serious about your goal of getting pregnant, then you need to prepare your body for pregnancy, make sure your partner is on board, and stay focused on conceiving a baby. Take folic acid, learn why taking your temperature helps you conceive a child, and read up on pregnancy and childbirth.

3. Say “no” to people and projects that distract you. Stress, unhealthy eating habits, caffeine, drugs, alcohol — there are many things that could stand in the way of your goal to get pregnant. Make sure you devote your precious time and energy to preparing your body to conceive. Avoid everything that could take you away from your goal; for infertile couples, this could mean no hot tubbing and doing everything you can to increase male and female fertility levels.

4. Set up the structure to make change happen. “You may be adding a goal into your mix without coming up with a master plan and schedule to make it a part of your life,” says Fortgang. “Put a system in place that’ll support your goal of getting pregnant by giving yourself the structure you need.” If you’re trying to get pregnant, learn about your ovulation cycle, FSH levels, and your most fertile days. A master plan also involves scheduling physical intimacy for those optimal days.

5. Take consistent action towards your goal of getting pregnant. Commit to doing one thing a day — no matter how small — that brings you closer to conceiving a baby. This means exercising to stay healthy (or trying yoga for fertility), cleansing your body of as many toxins as possible, cutting back on caffeine, and consistently acting “as if” you’re already pregnant!

6. Don’t let your goal to get pregnant rule your life. If you focus only on conceiving a baby, then your marriage, relationships, work, social life, and even health may suffer. Fortgang says, “Set realistic expectations, plan for them, and get support.” Infertile couples may focus too much on conceiving a baby — sometimes giving up on your goal of getting pregnant may be the healthiest thing to do!

For more tips for getting pregnant, read I’m Scared I’ll Never Get Pregnant – Coping With Fertility Fears.

If you have any questions or thoughts on these goal setting tips for getting pregnant, please comment below…

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher always asked me that. And I am happy, despite a hard childhood (schizophrenic mom, no dad, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian. Where do you find peace?

I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

In peace and passion...Laurie

  One Response to “6 Goal Setting Tips for Getting Pregnant – Infertile Couples”

  1. Sounds like it could be a helpful book even for those struggling with infertility. A few of her tips are just the basics of preparing your body for a pregnancy, either spontaneous or ART. Often times a positive attitude can go a long way in helping us get pregnant, this was especially true for me during IVF.

    I like her tip #6 the best – although this one is totally unrealistic for someone dealing with infertility. Been there – stressed about it everyday, all day!

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